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How to Find the Right Career Path

Getting a degree is one thing and finding the right career that tally with your degree is another. Most times people study their degree due to different influences like societal pressure, family pressure, uncertainty etc. They then realize afterwards that their choice of study is not a career they would like to pursue eventually as their source of income or other times, they realize their current job is not giving them satisfaction, and they need a total career change.

The good thing is in spite of this, a person can still chart his course of career again to suit his preferences or personality or passion. Thus, a career path charting is the process of taking careful steps in finding a career that would make one happy with viable future satisfaction.

In choosing the right career path, certain guidelines can be followed to derive happiness and career satisfaction. Some of these guidelines include:

  1. Evaluate yourself
    This is the process of knowing and asking yourself honest questions only you can answer. In knowing yourself, you need to learn about yourself carefully by doing a soul and personality searching. You need to know what your interests, passion, skills, innate ability, values are and a careful analysis of your personality. These answers would then lead you to ask yourself certain questions like what is the motivating factor for choosing a new career path? Money? Satisfaction? Work flexibility? Intellectual discourse? Occupational hazard?
  2. Self-assessment tools
    I am sure we all remember those guidance counselors back in high school who made us take tests to determine which course we can study. Truth is most of us did not take them seriously. Technology has made tools that act as our guidance counselor. These tools are often time referred to as our self-assessment tools. The first step is finding a reliable self-assessment tool like the Myers-Briggs personality index, Rosacea self-assessment tools, etc. These tools get to know you by requesting for your skills, interests, questions on your personality, traits, past experiences and then come up with possible careers you can choose from. The important thing to note about self-assessment tools is that they are only there to guide; they are not the final answers to your quest. The onus still lies on you to take a deep study of the final analysis if it matches what you want.
  3. Career list
    Should in case a self-assessment tool does not satisfy you with its answer, then you can go ahead and make a list of viable careers you would love to consider, and if it satisfies you, then the next step is to have these career options in your journal, have as careful and thoughtful analysis about the careers. What they entail, how much their pay could be, would they give you satisfaction, are you willing to relocate if the career is not within your location, do they match up with your values, ask question about the day to day running of the kind of career online or from persons who are currently into the job.

    This process helps to narrow the search of a career path into three or five and further analysis or evaluation allows you to pick the best and cross off the ones that do not align with your values.

    In addition, check this very comprehensive online guide to help identify the best job and career for you.

  4. Networking
    As cliché as the expression your network determines your net worth sounds, there is actually truth to it. In this situation, after narrowing your career down into two or three preferences, a good step is to network on these choices. Networking here involves using social media apps such as LinkedIn, Facebook job pages, online sites about the career or attending seminars and conferences about the career. By doing this, you are increasing your net worth of information. You are asking experts or those currently pursuing the career path questions on how the job operates, what are its hazards and benefits, evaluating their rate of satisfaction. To be on a safer side, when attending a conference after proper research it is advisable to go along with your CV or résumé after engaging any of the best resume writing service company.
  5. Volunteering
    Volunteering is referred to as the new cool. It’s not just the new cool because it allows people to show off or do the things they do for fun. It’s the new cool because you are allowed to render help for the things that appeal to. For instance, for those who are in the corporate world and are currently at their unsatisfactory stage, they could decide to volunteer at events where they are passionate about to know if they would fit in jobs with that kind of description. You can even volunteer at United Nations events.
  6. Getting a coach career
    This sometimes can be used as the last resort when everything has been done without results or can be used by people who are too busy to take time in rediscovering themselves. A career coach is one who is an expert in discovering people's talent, skills, abilities, passion by asking the right questions to guide them in choosing the right career path. A career coach can also serve as a linker to your next employment due to his long years of being a career coach, he has contacts of different HR personnel of different firms or direct employees.
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